06/02/2010 12:00AM

Molinaro Warrior heads maiden showcase


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seven of the nine races on Friday's Woodbine card are for maidens, and they include a split of a six-furlong Ontario-sired maiden special that has 14 runners in each division.

Molinaro Warrior should be strongly backed in the first division, which is the fifth race. He didn't show much last year as a 2-year-old, but he has run three solid races this year for trainer Ross Armata.

Molinaro Warrior finished a lapped-on second in his season opener and was second again when he moved out a half-furlong to five-eighths in his next start. Most recently, going six furlongs, he pressed a fast pace before tiring in the final furlong and salvaged third.

Steve Bahen retains the mount on Molinaro Warrior, who is capable of wiring this group.

Other entrants in the fifth include Regal Ring, Hobie Cat, and My Knight Indeed.

Regal Ring ran evenly to finish fifth when he made his debut under identical conditions May 14. He will race with Lasix for the first time Friday.

Hobie Cat, another first-time Lasix user, was sandwiched at the break before crossing the wire in fourth when he made his first start, which came over six furlongs May 15.

My Knight Indeed is a rare Ontario-sired runner trained by Steve Asmussen. The Ascot Knight gelding has been idle since his third-place finish traveling seven furlongs Nov. 28, and may need one before getting back into the swing of things.

The fifth contains seven first-time starters, including Objection Denied and Wookinwicked, who are both sent out by trainers who are proficient with newcomers.

Do You Believe It will be favored in the ninth race off his big debut effort May 15. He prevailed with ease while earning a 74 Beyer Figure in that six-furlong maiden special but was disqualified and placed eighth for interference at the break.

Eurico Da Silva will ride Do You Believe It for trainer Bob Tiller. They have been a successful duo at the meet; through Tuesday, they had nine wins together.

Ruben Squires was promoted from third to second via disqualification in that May 15 race, which was his first with Lasix and Bahen aboard.

The ninth has eight horses making their debuts, including the fast workers Flashy Deville, Starsatknight, and Kowalski.

Flashy Deville is a 4-year-old by the decent first-out sire D'wildcat, and his dam was a stakes winner on the grass.

Kowalski was working at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California before shipping here in March, and should be pretty fit.